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Austin Peay State University’s Brian Vernon awarded 2015 Margaret Martin Award by the Tennessee Association of Dance

 

Austin Peay State University - APSU - logoClarksville, TN – Austin Peay State University associate professor and chair of the Department of Theatre and Dance Brian Vernon has been awarded the 2015 Margaret Martin Award by the Tennessee Association of Dance (TAD).

The Margaret Martin Award recognizes individuals or corporations who make long term, consistently outstanding contributions that further the public image and accessibility of dance in Tennessee. Vernon was chosen to receive the award following a unanimous selection by TAD voting members. «Read the rest of this article»

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Austin Peay State University to hold ninth annual Spring Dance Concert February 18th-22nd

 

Austin Peay State University - APSUClarksville, TN – The Austin Peay State University Department of Theatre and Dance and Center of Excellence for the Creative Arts’ ninth annual Spring Dance Concert is returning this month, giving students and faculty the opportunity to present their work to the Clarksville community.

The concert is scheduled for five performances: 7:30pm, Wednesday, February 18th; 7:30pm, Thursday, February 19th; 7:30pm, Friday, February 20th; 7:30pm, Saturday, February 21st; and 2:00pm, Sunday, February 22nd. All five shows will take place in the Trahern Theatre on APSU’s main campus. «Read the rest of this article»

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APSU adds new Department of Theatre and Dance degrees in 2015

 

Austin Peay State University - APSUClarksville, TN – For decades, students studying theatre or dance at Austin Peay State University graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Communication. This wasn’t a typo.

The University’s theatre and dance program was a concentration within the APSU Department of Communication, which sometimes made things a little confusing for graduates applying for jobs.

New Department of Theatre and Dance degrees to be offered at Austin Peay State University. (Taylor Slifko/APSU)

New Department of Theatre and Dance degrees to be offered at Austin Peay State University. (Taylor Slifko/APSU)

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Austin Peay State University to host 8th Annual Spring Dance Concert

 

Austin Peay State University - APSUClarksville, TN – Last fall, Marcus Hayes, Austin Peay State University associate professor of dance, traveled to Colombia to study that country’s folk dances. He spent a week in the South American nation, traveling to museums and dance centers, and he was struck to discover that many of the dances had their origins in Africa.

“It went even further than I thought,” he said. “Because of the colonization of South America and the introduction of slavery, West African dance is infused in Latin American dances.”

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APSU Theatre and Dance Department looking to reconnect with community with “Nunsense”

 

Austin Peay State University - APSUClarksville, TN – Brian Vernon, chair of the Austin Peay State University Department of Theatre and Dance, looked a bit tired the other day as he sat in his office.

“We’ve got five nuns learning a tap routine right now,” he said, suppressing a yawn.

The nuns in question are actually APSU students preparing for the department’s upcoming performance of the wildly popular musical comedy, “Nunsense.”

Austin Peay State University students rehearse a scene from “Nunsense.”

Austin Peay State University students rehearse a scene from “Nunsense.”

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APSU’s popular Halloween concert returns for 29th year on October 29th

 

Austin Peay State University - APSUClarksville, TN – At 6:00pm and 8:00pm on October 29th, the Austin Peay State University Department of Music will host a light-hearted, family-friendly concert about death.

“But we’re going to try and make death as fun as we can possibly make it,” David Steinquest, APSU professor of music, said.

This might sound a bit odd to those unfamiliar with the annual APSU Halloween Percussion Concert, but fans of the event know the theme will fit in nicely with the strange blend of music and mayhem that has come to define the wildly popular community event for the last 29 years.

The APSU Percussion Ensemble's Halloween Concert

The APSU Percussion Ensemble’s Halloween Concert

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Austin Peay State University Dance Program expands Reputation

 

Austin Peay State UniversityClarksville, TN – In 2005, Austin Peay State University developed a dance minor program with one faculty member and a handful of students. Seven years later, the program has three full-time faculty members and several graduates enrolled in Master of Fine Arts programs around the country.

The name “Austin Peay” is also becoming more familiar in collegiate dance circles, with the school having choreographed pieces selected two years in a row to be performed at the American College Dance Festival gala performance.

APSU assistant professor of dance Margaret Rennerfeldt, associate professor of dance Marcus Hayes and chair of the APSU Area of Theatre and Dance Brian Vernon inside one of the APSU dance studios.

APSU assistant professor of dance Margaret Rennerfeldt, associate professor of dance Marcus Hayes and chair of the APSU Area of Theatre and Dance Brian Vernon inside one of the APSU dance studios.

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32 new tenure-track faculty join Austin Peay State University

 

Austin Peay State UniversityClarksville, TN – A total of 32 new tenure-track faculty members have become part of the Austin Peay State University community, beginning with the Fall 2012 semester.

College of Arts and Letters: New faculty members are Dr. Robert Baron, Kenisha Burke, Michael Dunn, Dr. Sheena Harris, Dr. Katherine Honea, Dr. Anthony Morris, Dr. David Rands, Noel Rennerfeldt, Dr. Tamara Smithers and Brian Vernon. «Read the rest of this article»

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